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  • Waterside’s 2nd Birthday!

    Today, we are celebrating the second anniversary of Waterside Centre reopening.

    3 August 2023

  • Duck Race

    Our friends at the Rotary Club of Reading Abbey have asked us to share news of the charity fundraising event they’re running at The Oracle on Saturday 9 September.

    31 July 2023

  • Tilehurst Youth Club

    Thank you to youth worker Jessica for this update!

    31 July 2023

  • Waterside – July 2023

    Kelly told us: “The summer months bring a range of activity to Waterside Centre.

    31 July 2023

  • The Wayz – July 2023

    A real summer of fun at The Ways; the month started brilliantly with the Community Fun Day and Bracknell Together Walk.

    31 July 2023

  • Britwell – July 2023

    Britwell Youth and Community Project’s Summer Holiday Club is running from Monday 24 July– Friday 18 August (daily Monday – Friday), 11am – 3pm.

    31 July 2023

  • Updates from our Flagship Youth Clubs

    Please click on the links below for the latest updates from our flagship youth clubs in Slough, Bracknell and Newbury.

    31 July 2023

  • Youth Development and Community Engagement Update

    The school holidays are now upon us and our summer programmes are in full swing.

    31 July 2023

  • Training News

    Here are our upcoming training courses, including posters.

    31 July 2023

  • Staff Spotlight

    In the last update, we caught up with Abbas, who was celebrating his first year of working at Berkshire Youth.

    31 July 2023

Spotlight on Sasha

30 November 2022

Learn more about youth worker, Sasha, who joined the Berkshire Youth team a couple of months ago.

Tell us a little more about yourself
“I grew up in Reading and attended college here before studying for four years at Bournemouth University, where I gained my bachelors degree in psychology. I have always had a passion for helping people, particularly with their mental health. In my spare time, I make jewellery for fun.”

What do you feel you bring to this role?
“I hope to bring more personal understanding to young people’s mental health and help support the team in their already amazing work in creating a safe and welcoming space for our young people. My degree and personal experience with mental health helps me bring a more experienced view to young people’s mental health needs.”

Why did you choose to work at Berkshire Youth?
“I struggled in school myself with the lack of resources available to help with social growth and mental health. I have seen the ways that Berkshire Youth helps young people and wants to help. I want to make sure that young people don’t feel like they have nowhere to turn.”

Why have you chosen to work with young people?
“Young people are important to our future and more socially active now more than ever before. They’re at an important age where tackling mental health and social issues is crucial and will help to ready them for the future.”

What do you feel are the benefits of good youth work?
“Youth work creates safe spaces for young people and provides help when there is difficulty accessing services. It brings awareness to the work we do and how that benefits young people, e.g. giving them a space to talk outside of school and out of a clinical setting.”

What are you currently working on?
“I am working to help deliver sessions at The Wayz in Bracknell, creating resources on mental health.”

What are your plans for the future?
“To get into schools and deliver one-to-one help to young people who are struggling with school, with mental health issues or with issues outside of school that may be affecting them.”

Sasha’s settled into The Wayz team really well – keep up the good work!

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